Places to Visit in Extremadura

HERVAS (Caceres)

What to See:

The town of Hervás was first settled in the 12th Century when the Knights Templar built a Castle and hermitage here. When the Knights Templar were expelled in the 13th Century Hervas was repopulated by Christians from the North of Spain who built the Church of Sta Maria which overlooks the town and is said to have been built on the site of the original Castle. The town has a large and well preserved medieval Jewish quarter which grew up in the 14th century. The half timbered houses were occupied by traders, weavers and other craftspeople up until the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, when they were forced to flee to Portugal.

Tourist Information: 0034 927473618

How to get there:

  • By Bus: There are several buses daily to Hervas from Salamanca and Plasencia (One on Sunday)
  • By Train: The Nearest Train Station is Plasencia - 45 min by bus (On some maps you will see a line marked that passes through Hervas, unfortunately its been out of service since the 1980's)
  • By Road: Hervas lies just off the A66-E803 between Plasencia and Salamanca,from Avila take the N110 from Madrid the A5-E90

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